Yemen Shopping

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Yemen Shopping

  • BUY YOUR OWN JAMBIYA

    In any large town or wherever you find tourists, you will easily find shops selling Jambiayas. Unlike some of their North African cousins, Yemeni shopkeepers tend to be very easy going and will not pursue you if you say no. Have a long chat with them first and maybe a cup of tea before you begin negotiations. You will both be more relaxed and you...

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  • CACTUS FRUIT

    You will see the wheelbarrows full of the fruit of the prickly pear cactus just about everywhere. Piled high with ripe fruit, just wait a minute if it seems unattended. Someone will suddenly appear to sell you a handfull. They have a lot of seeds, but are sweet and easy to eat. You may need a knife or just ask them to cut them open for you. Just...

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  • Walk like a Yemeni

    The futa , a length of cloth wrapped around the waist like a skirt, is worn by most Yemeni men. The are usually rather sober geometrical patterns in black, white, grey and brown but sometimes gaudy ikat-dyed cloth or fluorescent stripes.Or you could buy a knock-off bit of football kit. Actually a Barca or Chelsea shirt works quite well with a...

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  • Nice hats you wont ever wear!

    When you drive through the Hadramaut region you will see local markets where the Yemeni people sell their handcraft and you can buy everything from carpets to hats that will provide shade when you work in the field or for when you ride your donkey. The hats might not be what you decide to buy but have a look around and see all the amazing baskets...

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  • Hand Embriodered Belts

    You can buy the traditional embroidered belts that the men wear to hold their Jambiyas (traditional dagger) in markets and Suqs. They are beautifully hand embroidered in gold. I bought mine from an old lady on the street in Hajjarah who had been working on it for 2 months since Ramadan and I paid $25 for it (about £13) which seems a lot but the...

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  • Scarf Heaven

    Yemen is one of the best places I have visited for buying colourful scarves.You can buy them in shops in most towns, souks, markets and street vendors often sell them too. They are all very varied in design and colour and make ideal gifts as the prices are really reasonable.I don't know if they are made in Yemen as Yemen has a history of trading...

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  • Suk (Souk)

    Some important tips for buying in the Sanaa Suk (the most worthwhile bazaar of Yemen). The rules apply anywhere in Yemen. Shopping can be great fun in Yemen. 1. Haggling is not as common as in other tourist destinations. The prices are usually not ridiculously high tourist prices but more or less what you will pay. Some haggling is okay just for...

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  • Yemeni dates

    Near Bab Al-Yemen there are many small shops selling dates Find the local Yemeni dates which are the best ..and most expensive ones. They are very dry compared to Saudi dates but taste much better! Depends on how good you are at haggeling

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  • Souq's

    Shopping is a part of your itinerary there.There is a Mall building, in the very modern side of shopping, but i suggest to get involved to the old city small shopps, even you dont buy so many things.Nowhere in the Yemen can be described as a shoppers' paradise although, for those looking for unusual souvenir gifts, local craft goods are sometimes...

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  • Hadramaut Honey

    The Hadramaut is famous for its honey, which tastes unlike any honey you can buy in your local supermarket. It is quite expensive, but makes a tasty souvenir. Ask for "No. 1 honey". 1500 Rial for a glass

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  • Other stuff than handicrafts

    Books on Yemen: Taj Sheba hotel (available in the business centre)Western goods: Yemen Mall (on Da'iry Street [Ring Road] close to the intersection with Hadda Road, on the side of Al-Rowaishan BMW/LandRover) and Sana'a Trade Center (aka Libyan Trade Center on Al-Jazair [Algiers Street], close to Tehama Trading Nissan/Peugeot) for watches, perfumes,...

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  • Handicrafts paradise

    As the title suggests, what you'll be looking for in Yemen (if you're into buying stuff at all) are handicrafts. They're available everywhere where there is some tourist trade and the selection does not differ very much from one location to another. Greatest selection is to be had in the souq of the Old City of Sana'a (enter the Old City through...

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  • Khanjar Shopping

    Old Sana'a is absolutely loaded with souvenirs but men in Yemen take great pride in making and selling the locally named Khanjar. They are on display everywhere and every man wear these traditional daggers with great pride. The daggers are usually on display in the front of the shop. The khanjars in Yemen are slightly different than other Arabian...

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  • BEST SOUVENIR SHOP IN SANA'A

    This fantastic shop is owned by a very nice man named Abdellah Swaid. In addition to selling souvenirs he also can arrange tours and help with local information. Stop in a sit on the carpet and least visit for a while. Have a cup of tea and tell Abdellah what excursions you want to take and you agree the price. I arranged a tour into the mountains...

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  • Silver and gems and jambias

    Kamal, his father and family have been running this precious jewelry shop for almost thirty years. Nestled in the silver district of Sana'a's historic Old City, visitors are made welcome with gracious smiles and open arms. Black pearls, agate, amber, silver, gold- all sorts of shiney things!

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  • ARTIGIANATO/ COSA COMPERARE?

    il paese non conosce ancora l'invasione turistica di massa quindi non sperate di trovare un artigianato studiato per i turisti. Attenzione ai problemi doganali per le antichità: informarsi prima!LA DJAMBIA: pugnale a lama curva, il prezzo varia a secondo se nuovo o antico, se il manico è di corno di rinoceronte, d'avorio (rarissimo), di pietre semi...

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  • ARTISANAT/ QUOI ACHETER?

    le pays ne connaissant pas encore le tourisme de masse il vous sera difficile de trouver de l'artisanat spécialment conçu pour les touristes. Bien s'informer si vous voulez exporter des antiquités.LA DJAMBLIA: poignard à large lame plus ou moins recourbée et principal accessoire de la tenue traditionnelle de l'homme yéménite. Son prix varie en...

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  • CRAFT/WHAT TO BUY?

    as not so many tourists you will have difficulties to find crafts make for tourism. If you want to buy antiques just follow the rules.DJAMBLIA: this traditional dagger is the most important part of the traditional Yemenite clothes. The price depends if antique or not, of the handle ( ivory, silver, precious stones…) and of the scabbard and the belt...

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  • Inside Bab Al-Yemen

    This shop had the best shawls we came across and because we stayed there so long buying for our extended family back home, they offered us qat!! Qat is a plant/leaves which can be chewed for hours producing a slight '"high'" effect on the brain, almost everybody in yemen is happily chewing QAT))) Small structures of the old city which is very...

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  • Markets

    The market in Taizz was very nice: you could buy spices, fruit, vegetables, djambijas - well almost everything!

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